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Schimpf, Bryant to hold senior fair

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Senior citizens from throughout the area will find a range of services and information available at the annual Senior Fair July 20 in Carbondale.

State Sen. Paul Schimpf, State Rep. Terri Bryant and Mayor Mike Henry will serve as hosts for the event, which will run from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Carbondale Civic Center, located at 200 S. Illinois Ave.

All interested senior citizens are invited to attend for information and demonstrations on quality-of-life issues. More than 50 area vendors will be in attendance to provide services to area seniors.

Reading Basebal: A Life Saved on the Roberto Clemente Bridge

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Pete Peterson

In late June, major league umpire John Tumpane, a 34 year-old Chicago native, was crossing the Roberto Clemente Bridge after an afternoon run and lunch. He was scheduled to umpire a game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Tampa Bay Rays at PNC Park that evening.

As he crossed the bridge, he noticed that a young woman had climbed over the railing and was looking down into the waters of the Allegheny river. When Tumpane stopped and asked what she was doing, she told him that she wanted to get a better look at the river. But it was clear to Tumpane that she was getting ready to jump from the bridge.

SIU psychologists test computer-based training interventions to combat anxiety, depression

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Andrea Hahn
SIU Media Service

Researchers at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Anxiety, Behavior and Cognition Research Laboratory are looking for a few worried people. 

Researchers Sarah J. Kertz, associate professor and director of the laboratory, and doctoral students Eva Harris, J. MacLaren Kelly and Keith Klein, are offering anxiety and depression intervention treatment in exchange for participation in a research project. They are conducting a four-week study to test the efficacy of computer-based training programs that might help people learn to control their anxiety. 

SIU agreement helps Kaskaskia students

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Andrea Hahn
SIU Media Service

An agreement between Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Kaskaskia College will streamline the path for Kaskaskia graduates to transfer into specific SIU programs.

The agreement, signed June 26 at Kaskaskia College in Centralia, allows Kaskaskia students who earned associate in applied science degrees in three select programs to transfer smoothly into bachelor degree programs at SIU Carbondale.

Students may transfer into the following SIU bachelor degree programs:

Guard play essential in Valley league play

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Chris Barron
Carbondale Times

The second half of the summer semester starts Monday and finally JUCO center recruit Kavion Pippen has arrived on campus. That’s good news to Saluki fans, who have looked with trepidation at this past year’s three big-man returnees and felt the roster needed another impact big besides Thik Bol.

But, though the Dawgs now have two guys (Bol and Pippen) who can defend SIU’s goal, it is fact-based, conventional wisdom that modern day basketball is guard-oriented.

Rutherford event Sept. 13 a chance to shake hands, find cash

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Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford will hold a community networking event from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the SIU Student Center — and many attendees could walk away with more cash than they came in with. The event is a promotion for the treasurer's Cash Dash program, which takes unclaimed property businesses and banks legally are required to turn over to the treasurer's office — inactive checking accounts, unpaid wages, bill overpayments and paid-up insurance policies — and returns it to the rightful owners.

SIU men's, women's basketball release 2011-12 schedules

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SIU released its 2011-12 men's and women's basketball schedules this morning, unveiling a slate that features 16 home games for the men and 14 for the women this season. Men's basketball will open the season with four of their first six regular-season games at home. Included in those games are matchups with traditional rivals St. Louis Nov. 15 and Western Kentucky Dec. 7. The men also begin a new home-and-home series with SIUE when they host the Cougars Dec. 19.

Henry named director of Carbondale Public Works Department

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The acting director of Carbondale's Public Works Department for the past five months has been promoted to that department's full director, the city announced Wednesday morning. Sean C. Henry, who has been employed with the city since 2006, was selected out of 35 applicants for his engineering background and management skills, City Manager Allen Gill said in a release. Henry is a graduate of Carbondale Community High School and attended John A. Logan College.

SIU enrollment falls 1.1 percent for fall 2011

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Student enrollment at SIU is down 1.1 percent compared with last year, according to 10th-day numbers released Sept. 6 by the university. Despite that, the university is finding plenty of silver linings on which to focus. Fall enrollment at SIUC stands at 19,817, and on-campus undergraduate enrollment stands at 13,339. In graduate programs, new student enrollment stands at 554, or 10.5 percent fewer students than last year.

Months after the threat surfaced, a strike at SIU remains an uncertainty

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Labor rallies, collective bargaining drama and a venomous campus dialog have hung over SIU for the better part of a year, but whether any of this will result in the worst-case scenario — a labor strike by any or all of the university’s four Illinois Education Association-affiliated bargaining units — remains as uncertain as it was months ago. Those four unions all filed notices of intent to strike in April.

Women's Center yard sale set for Sept. 24

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The Women's Center is planning its annual yard sale to benefit the children's Christmas Party. Every year, proceeds from this sale go toward presents and the costs of the holiday party for the children who have been in the center's programs. This year, the yard sale is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at Gaia House, 913 S. Illinois Ave.

Carbondale girl receives national Girl Scouts honor

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A recent graduate of Carbondale Community High School is among 10 Girl Scouts alumnae in the nation to be selected this year as a National Young Woman of Distinction. Dara Weaver-Holmes, the daughter of Dr. Doris Weaver and John Holmes and currently a sophomore at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, won her Girl Scout Gold Award with a 2010 project at CCHS to organize a job fair aimed at helping her peers prepare for their futures.

Eleven days of events in Carbondale to reflect on legacy of 9/11

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Starting Sept. 11, 2011— a decade after the terrorist atrocities struck the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field— Carbondale will observe the Eleven Days for Peace celebration. At 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, Osama Bahloul, imam of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, will speak as part of the Ralph Anderson Interfaith Dialogue at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship.

Terriers fall to Herrin 35-20

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The Carbondale Terriers football squad is 1-1 for the 2011 season after falling Sept. 2 to Herrin in a 35-20 contest. Despite a valiant fourth-quarter effort that put two of three touchdowns on the board, the Terriers were unable to reverse an early-game run that saw Herrin dominate the game going into the half. Bryce Reno-Gibson led the Terriers in rushing with 111 yards on the night. The Terriers opened their season last week with a 24-14 win over Jackson County rival Murphysboro. See next week's issue of the Carbondale Times for more on the Herrin win and the coming Waterloo game.

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